NTSB Identification: ATL89LA079.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38014.
Accident occurred Thursday, January 19, 1989 in WILLIAMSBURG, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N8774B
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT COMPLETED A NORMAL RUNUP BEFORE ATTEMPTING A TAKEOFF. DURING THE INITIAL CLIMB THE ACFT STARTED LOSING POWER. THE PLT PUMPED THE THROTTLE TO MAINTAIN POWER, BUT COULD NOT MAINTAIN CLIMB RPM. THE ACFT WAS DITCHED IN 8 FT OF WATER APRX 1/2 MILE FROM THE RWY. EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE DISCLOSED THAT THE FUEL STRAINER GASKET WAS DEFECTIVE, WHICH CAUSED THE ENGINE TO RUN LEAN.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

A DEFECTIVE GASKET IN THE FUEL STRAINER WHICH CAUSED A RESTRICTION IN FUEL FLOW DURING CLIMBOUT.

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